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Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus - Symptoms

How can we know someone has MRSA?
What are the symptoms of MRSA?

People who carry MRSA do not look or feel different and they do not have symptoms. They are known as “MRSA carriers”. MRSA is usually harmless to healthy people.

Only people who have an infection with MRSA may display signs and symptoms. The most common site of infection is the skin, where people may develop painful, red and warm pimples or “boils” with or without pus. In rare instances, MRSA may get into the bloodstream and other parts of the body, causing pneumonia or severe illness.

Some risk factors include long-term health problems that require frequent visits to healthcare facilities (e.g. patients with kidney, lung or heart problems), chronic skin conditions or presence of indwelling medical devices such as venous catheters or dialysis catheters.

Unless there are other underlying risk factors, compared with people who carry non-MRSA Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA carriers in Singapore do not necessarily have an increased risk of infections from MRSA.

MRSA can only be diagnosed through examination of infected specimens in the laboratory. The diagnosis is sometimes only confirmed after the infection fails to respond to common antibiotics.

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